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Creation 11(4):36, September 1989

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An irony of contrasts

On January 18, 1989, the San Diego Union newspaper ran two items which make an interesting side-by-side comparison.

First, an editorial praised the California Board of Education decision to exclude discussion of creation from school science classes.

Then on page A-9 was an article titled ‘Life May Have Come From Afar’, which speculates that early life on earth may have formed by chemicals carried in from outer space. It mentions the work of about 100 scientists who are being paid $6 million annually to try to assemble simple chemicals into ‘something resembling living cells’.

According to one of their number, they are ‘trying to find just the set of laws of chemistry that will allow simple molecules to assemble and reproduce themselves.’

Can you see the irony? Creation is excluded from schools because it is based on ‘bias and belief’. Yet millions of dollars are being spent trying to find laws which will give support to the belief that life came about by itself. The known and well established laws of physics and chemistry dictate that such complex things as self reproducing, programmed machines (which is what the ‘simplest’ living cells are) will not-cannot-assemble themselves in the absence of information (e.g. intelligence, or pre-programmed, pre-existing complex machinery).

Millions of taxpayers will miss the point that money spent on such ‘science’ is really being spent on trying to underpin the religion of philosophical materialism (the belief that all of reality can be explained without reference to anything outside of the properties of matter). As this belief denies the present laws of science, it seems that some people are prepared to spend millions of dollars of taxpayers’ funds looking for hypothetical new laws.

American President Ronald Reagan, as reported in The Arizona Republic, April 11, 1987.